Peachgrove Team

This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Peachgrove. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.

Paula Ruston

Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
Kia ora, ko Paula taku ingoa. I am a full registered Early Childhood teacher, born and raised in the Waikato. I have worked in the Early Childhood sector for over 20 years and have learnt so much about myself and my passion and role in ECE.
I look forward to working with parents, whānau, kaiako and tamariki in my role as Centre Manager, building relationships, resilience and a sense of belonging in a fun learning environment. Outside of work I am a mum of two teenage children and a loving partner. I enjoy being creative in arts and crafts, painting and sewing etc... I love learning new things.

Emma Taylor

Assistant Centre Manager Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Emma. I have worked in Early Childhood for over 10 years and became qualified in 2013 with a Bachelor of Teaching ECE. I have 4 children of my own and absolutely love working with children and their whanau. I look forward to working with your children and supporting their education and getting to know you and your whanau.

Gabrielle Pollock

Team Leader, Registered Teacher
Kia ora I'm Gabe.
I have been a qualified teacher for 6 years and am currently in the toddler room at Peachgrove Educare.

I was born and raised in Kawerau and moved to Hamilton when i was 19.My partner and I have 3 beautiful children and enjoy exploring nature in our spare time.
I enjoy teaching because of the curiosity and wonder these bright babes have. I enjoy supporting their independence, sense of belonging and creativity so they grow to be strong, confident young children.
I look forward to working with your tamariki and whanau.

Olivia Paley

Registered Teacher
Hi. My name is Olivia. I have been teaching since 2008, and have experience with children of all ages.
I have a strong philosophy in building relationships and working in partnership with the children and their whānau.
My interests are in music and movement as well as physical activity. I am a mother of three teenage and grown up (15, 18 and 22) and in my spare time I volunteer as a dog obedience instructor and participate in judo.

Minyan Zhang

Registered Teacher
Hi, my name is Minyan. I have completed my study in Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) and became qualified in 2020.
I believe each child is a unique individual and is born with a range of strengths and has every right to be who he/she is. I would like to follow children’s interests as their will choose and design their play.
I look forward to working with your children and being a part of their learning journey here at Educare Peachgrove.

Kristene Chandar

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Kristen and i’m excited to be apart of the team at Educare Peachgrove. As a local Hamiltonian, I enjoy getting out and about in the local community with family and friends. I have worked in the early childhood sector for 13 years and also in the primary sector for a year where I worked with new entrants. I enjoy supporting our young children and empowering them to become the leaders in their own learning. I am passionate about literacy and exploring the natural environment which provides many opportunities for learning. I believe that early childhood should be a place of learning, fun, creativity, excitement and wonder for our tamariki. I look forward to meeting you and your child and supporting them with their learning journey.

David Huang

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, I’m David, and I recently graduated from NZ Tertiary College, studying a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). I am so grateful and excited to join the Educare Peachgrove team.
I enjoy building relationships with the children and doing my best to find their interests, strengths and abilities and to help to extend their learning and development. I enjoy outdoor activities and seeking challenges. I believe children in their early ages of life have a great potential to learn and develop their abilities and interests.
I look forward to meeting you and working alongside children, yourself, and the teaching team of Educare Peachgrove.

Miao (Sarah) Wang

Teacher in Training
Kia Ora. My name is Miao (Sarah) Wang. I am studying a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) currently.
I have a three year old child who is also in the Peachgrove Educare whānau. I really enjoy spending time with children and am keen to support the needs and development of your tamariki.
I believe children need a free environment to explore and study, as each child is unique and need their own space and time to grow. I treat children with love, patience and respect.
I look forward to working with your tamariki as we guide and nurture your children here at Peachgrove and witness their growth.

Katie Peters

Kia ora whānau, my name is Katie, and I began my teaching journey in 2018, and I’ve worked with Educare for two of those years. I have had the privilege to meet many tamariki and kaiako during this time.
I am working full time in the babies room and I hope to help your little ones grow to their fullest potential.
I have a degree in psychology and experience in tutoring in English and Maths.
I am honoured to be trusted to help your tamariki learn and grow.

Shantell Knox

Kia Ora whānau, my name is Shantell Knox and I'm the nutritionist for Educare Peachgrove.
I enjoy going into work every morning as the kids are funny and make me laugh all the time.
I like to spend time with my own family and I also enjoy doing cross stitch, diamond art and crochet.

Jax Goss

I’m Jax. I’m the administrator here at Educare Peachgrove.
I’ve worked with children in a range of environments, and thoroughly enjoy the way they see the world!
My goal here is to make the logistics and admin as efficient as possible so that we can all focus on the wellbeing and growth of your tamariki.